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    Post Quick update of Pedicab in London

    Firstly a big thanks to Gerald for keeping the forum running along at full speed and updating it. The news in London has been as up and down as it has been in NY over the past years and with many false starts/stalling. Legislation and regulations are still moving at a snails pace but some of the aspects are changing and police have found a number of tools to start enforcement against badly behaved pedicab firms and riders. The strongest of these has been the ability to impound and fine a rider who is even with just one wheel on the pavement. The maximum fine is £500 with a possible waiting time for retrieval of the pedicab of 6 months.

    This summer will see 30x cycle police and wardens hit the Westminster streets, whose main job will be to catch badly behaved cyclist of whom their seams to be a growing number. London operators are under no illusions that the slower pedicab will be the main target for enforcement.

    From a peek of around 650 pedicabs, London has now has fewer then 400. Some of the reduction is due to the extra pressure during the down turn, along with police targeting. The demand for 2nd hand pedicabs around the rest of Europe is driving an exodus sale which has left London with a reduction in numbers and should mean that riders will have a better summer then last year from an income point of view.

    Late last year the LPOA (London Pedicab Operators Association) was reformed and the view of the industry is still to be cautious, as Westminster, though still working through a regulation system have shown little interest in negotiating a workable system, which would include enough operators.

    All in all it's still an interesting time and popular demand is still rising and even if city bodies are not happy to get themselves publicly behind us, their indecision may mean that the industry will out live their objections as the city around us change to cycle cities.

    Just look at the photos we'll be posting in the next updates on rickshawforum's gallery, our new web site at bugbugs.com and flicker

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    This summer will see 30x cycle police and wardens hit the Westminster streets, whose main job will be to catch badly behaved cyclist of whom their seams to be a growing number. London operators are under no illusions that the slower pedicab will be the main target for enforcement.

    Would be nice if they brought immigration with them, with all the Latinos and Asians sent packing we might be able to relive the glory days!
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    A quick copy of the Ward meeting and the budget set aside for enforcement, this should wake a few of the Muppets up

    Appendix A

    Westminster City Council Neighbourhood Ward Budget Programme

    ADDITIONAL POLICE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PEDI-CABS


    The following project has been identified by the West End ward members in order to address the priority of:

    Community Safety

    outlined in their 2009/10 Ward Members’ Statement of Priorities

    Project Outline
    The police will carry out 8 enforcement operations each lasting 10 hours. Each operation will include one sergeant and four constables. Operations will most likely take place between 4pm and 2am (times subject to change) on dates to be decided, up to 31 March 2010. Each operation will take place within the West End ward and it is expected that approximately 4 or 5 pedicabs would be seized during each operation. Police will also issue fixed penalty notices, advice and warnings where appropriate. These operations would be in addition to the 8 to 10 operations per month already carried out by the West End and Chinatown police team.

    Areas highlighted in particular for additional enforcement include Old Compton Street, Argyle Street, Shaftesbury Avenue (north side) and Margaret Street.

    Geographical Area
    West End ward

    Expected Outputs
    8 enforcement operations each lasting 10 hours.
    Seizure of 4 to 5 pedi-cabs per operation.
    Summary of operations on completion.

    Project Cost and duration

    Item
    Cost
    80 hours’ overtime for one sergeant and four constables at time and a half (8 x 10-hour operations)
    £10,079
    Total
    £10,079

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